Grinding Wheels of Justice Continues To Turn In Marikana

The wheels of justice turned last night, where the long arm of the law snatched two suspects, aged 44 and 35, for the murder of Mr Thwala that occurred on the 14th of August 2012 last year. The deceased was brutally murdered at the Koppie where he was shot with a firearm and hacked to death. Later his lifeless body was found by the Police on the side of the Koppie with the skull of a bull. The two suspects were arrested last night (2013/08/21) by a team of detectives, at Nkaneng and Marikana West informal settlement.

25 Suspects have been arrested for various murders that took place before 16 August 2012.  The two suspects arrested last night makes the total number of arrests to be a total of 27 on murders alone. The suspects are currently attending court in these cases. Another group of 532 suspects have been arrested to date on charges of public violence, the suspects are also court going. Seven people have been arrested for intimidation and another seven for pointing/ possession of a firearm and one suspect for assault GBH. All the arrests do not include crimes committed on 16 August 2012. These are crimes committed before and after the mentioned date. This brings the total number of people arrested in the Marikana area to 574.

The two suspects will appear today at Garankuwa Magistrate court and the Police will ask the court to refuse bail for the two suspects for further investigations as they are linked to other cases that the Police are investigating.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo, have commended the hard working team of detectives for detecting these suspects, she said “ it remains our obligation and not a choice for us to ensure that people who commit crime are brought to book”. The Provincial Commissioner further called for the communities to claim back their safety by ensuring that they work with the Police in reporting perpetrators of crimes in their communities, she said “no one must be allowed to undermine the community and be allowed to get away with murder or any crime committed in broad day light”.

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